Become acquainted with the stunning landscapes and exceptional people of Kerala on this custom tailored tour through South India. Decadent temples stand alongside converging seas. Tea plantations cast an emerald glow over an entire mountainside. Large ancient Chinese fishing nets create a skyline over the Arabian Sea. From witnessing tigers in the wild to traversing endless canals, and from dipping your toes into the warm sea to witnessing the enduring luster of the spice trade, you will create lasting friendships and unforgettable memories during your exploration of Kerala.
- Discover the amazing history and culture of Cochin that dates back over 600 years
- Witness the emerald greenery of Munnar, the tea plantation capital of the south
- Explore the sensational Periyar Wildlife Reserve in search of elephant, bison, and the coveted Bengal tiger
- Enjoy the pristine waters and shimmering sand of the Kovalam beaches
- Traverse the gorgeous and charming canals around Alleppey
- Visit the Cape of Comorin to see where three seas converge
TRIP AT A GLANCE
(Day 1): Welcome to Cochin, the Gateway to India’s Southern State of Kerala
(Day 2): Explore Munnar and the Surrounding Beauty, Including Attukadu Waterfall
(Day 3): Enjoy Another Day Luxuriating in the Emerald Countryside of Munnar
(Day 4): Transfer to Thekkady Near Chellarkovil Viewpoint
(Day 5): Visit Periyar National Park in Search of Fabulous Wildlife
(Day 6): Venture to the Ancient Palaces and Forts in Kottayam
(Day 7): Come to Alleppey and Travel through the Charming Canals
(Day 8): Arrive in Kovalam, Home to Sandy Beaches and Sapphire Water
(Day 9): Enjoy a Day Trip to Cape Comorin and the Five Sacred Places of Ayyavazhi
(Day 10): Depart for Home from Trivandrum
Immerse yourself in the culture of Kerala on this 10-day tour through Southern India. The people are friendly and encompass a diverse range of traditions and religions. From Hindu to Syrian Christian, the eclecticism of the state can be witnessed in the architecture, seen in temples, and tasted in the cuisine. Stay with local families to gather a true and unique experience. From the tea plantations to the Dutch Palace you will find the real culture of India and never look back.
Your cultural exploration begins with your arrival in Cochin. The city is considered the “Gateway to Kerala.” The city’s history is steeped in the spice trade and dates back over 600 years. The elegance and lavishness of its past endures today. Tour through the city to discover the lasting beauty of the old city, from the Chinese fishing nets to the Paradesi Synagogue. The ocean casts a captivating scent of sweet, salty air around the esplanade. The following day you will venture to Munnar.
The resort town area is found high in the Western Ghats Mountains and is the largest tea growing area in Southern India. Waterfalls tumble over the hillside. Elephants linger on the banks of the Mattupetty Reservoir. Explore the area’s pristine beauty along the various walking trails. After two days in the mountains you will arrive in Thekkady. The town is located near the Periyar National Park. Spend two days traversing the woodlands and savannah. Cruise along the lake and game drive through the jungle in search of wild deer and tigers.
Once in Kottayam you will visit the first city in India to have reached a 100 percent literacy rate. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is always flush with a variety of migratory birds. The next day you will travel the charming and quintessential canals of Alleppey. You will spend the following two days in Kovalam. The soft, sandy beaches are set alongside the Arabian Sea. For a unique and stunning experience you can venture southward to the Cape of Comorin. Your final day will take you to Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala, where you will board your flight home.
- Architecture Tours / History & Archaeology Tours / Cooking Classes / Gourmet Dining / Beaches / Cruise Excursions / Walking Tours / Boating & Sailing / Fishing / Safari / Wildlife